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[129] sand; Pennsylvania, with Delaware, one hundred and
chap. VI.} 1754.
ninety-five thousand; Maryland, one hundred and four thousand; in all, not far from four hundred and fiftyseven thousand.

For the Southern Provinces, where the mild climate invited emigrants to the inland glades,—where the crown lands were often occupied on warrants of surveys without patents, or even without warrants,— where the people were never assembled but at musters, there was room for glaring mistakes in the enumerations. To Virginia may be assigned one hundred and sixty-eight thousand white inhabitants; to North Carolina, scarcely less than seventy thousand; to South Carolina, forty thousand; to Georgia, not more than five thousand; to the whole country south of the Potomac, two hundred and eighty-three thousand.1

The white population of any one of five, or perhaps even of six of the American provinces, was greater singly than that of all Canada, and the aggregate in America exceeded that in Canada fourteen fold.

Of persons of African lineage the home was chiefly determined by climate. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine may have had three thousand negroes; Rhode Island, four thousand five hundred; Connecticut, three thousand five hundred; all New England, therefore, about eleven thousand.

New York alone had not far from eleven thousand;2

1 The Board of Trade in August, 1755, assign to Georgia, 3,000 white inhabitants; to South Carolina, 25,000; to North Carolina, 50,000; to Virginia, 125,000; to Maryland, 100,000; to Pennsylvania, with Delaware, 220,000; to New Jersey, 75,000; to New-York, 55,000; to Connecticut, 100,000; to Rhode Island, 30,000; to Massachusetts Bay, 200,000; to New Hampshire, 75,000.

2 O'Callaghan's

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